10/16/07

Union pickets local heath board meeting

About a dozen union members started picketing outside of the Peoria City-County (IL) Health Department building tonight.

The workers marched outside while the board members met inside. A union spokesman says the board tonight was planning to fire three custodians, and give their jobs to non-union members.

Diane Bischoff says the group's immediate concern is for the three union members, one of whom has been working in the building for 21 years. But there's also a concern about how deep the cuts will go.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 3665 Acting president said, "There still is that concern when you start outsourcing one job, what's happens next and they are at the bottom of the pay scale."

The picketers plan to continue marching until the board members are done with their meeting.

(week.com)

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